24 maj 2012
On 19 April 2012, a new agreement (2.98Mb PDF)  setting out minimum contract requirements for professional footballers was signed by the social partners in the European football sector; the players’ trade union FIFPro , the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL ), the European Club Association (ECA ) and, in the role of observer, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA ), the governing body of European football.  http://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=7678&langId=en  http://www.fifpro.org/  http://www.epfl-europeanleagues.com/  http://www.ecaeurope.com/  http://www.uefa.com/
16 maj 2012
On 18 April 2012, the European Commission issued a new employment initiative in response to the continuing economic crisis and its negative impact on the labour market across the EU.
22 april 2012
On 16 February 2012, the European Commission published a White Paper entitled An agenda for adequate, safe and sustainable pensions (303Kb PDF) . The White Paper describes the ageing of the European population as the main challenge for the future of the EU’s pension system.  http://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=7341&langId=en
04 april 2012
EU-level sectoral social partners in the inland waterways sector concluded an agreement (in German , 772Kb PDF) on February 15. It was signed by the European Barge Union (EBU ) and the European Skippers’ Organisation (ESO ) representing the employers’ side, and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF ) representing the workers’ side.  http://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=7323&langId=de  http://www.ebu-uenf.org/  http://www.eso-oeb.org/  http://www.itfglobal.org/etf/
04 april 2012
The issue of the gender balance on the boards of companies and the general involvement of women in decision-making has been a policy focus for EU institutions for some time.
29 mars 2012
In its Commission Work Programme 2012: delivering European renewal (56Kb PDF) , the Commission recognises the huge challenges the EU faces, and states that it has:  http://ec.europa.eu/atwork/programmes/docs/cwp2012_en.pdf
06 mars 2012
The Meadow project aims to establish Guidelines for collecting and interpreting data on organisational change and restructuring and their economic and social impact. The Guidelines contain two surveys: one for employers and one for employees. The surveys contain a wide range of questions relating to organisational dynamics and organisational change, capturing data from the perspective of both the employer and the employee.
22 februari 2012
In January 2012, the European Commission issued a Eurobarometer survey on active ageing (8.9Mb PDF)  as part of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations . The survey is based on the responses of 31,280 individuals in the EU27 and five other countries (Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Norway and Turkey) between September and November 2011. The survey was carried out using face-to-face interviews in people’s homes, using a questionnaire in the national language. Random sampling was used.  http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_378_en.pdf  http://europa.eu/ey2012/
20 februari 2012
The Commission has been looking into the posting of workers as part of a review of the posted workers directive (Directive 96/71/EC ), which dates from 1996. The Danish Presidency states that a proposal to strengthen the enforcement of the directive will be a priority.  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:31996L0071:EN:HTML
29 januari 2012
The European Commission’s first consultation of the social partners was launched in March 2010 (EU1004011I ). It was held under Article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU ) (1.41Mb PDF), and followed the breakdown in 2009 of talks between the European Parliament  and the Council of the European Union  over an earlier proposal to amend Directive 2003/88/EC , the Working Time Directive (EU0906039I ).  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations-working-conditions/commission-consults-social-partners-on-working-time-directive-review  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2010:083:0047:0200:en:PDF  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-parliament  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/council-of-the-european-union  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32003L0088:EN:HTML  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/impasse-on-changes-to-working-time-directive